Written by Louis Philippe II, or Philippe Égalité Final Address “Unbelievable. After supporting the revolution and striving for reform for so long, I was executed by the people I agreed and helped out. Now I’m just a dead body in the Madeleine cemetery, slowly decomposing with the likes of Louis and Marie. Isn’t it sad how I ended up here? I thought I’d be able to watch France blossom into the.. Read More
November 2nd, 1793 Diary Entry by Philippe Égalité A lot of things are running through my mind right now… I’m currently locked in a cell and I can’t communicate with anybody. I’ve managed to find some paper and a pencil in this condensed room, but there’s hardly any room to breathe in here, let alone write. Oh well. It’s sad and disappointing to think about how I got myself into such.. Read More
“Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains.”
The Social Contract (also known as “Principles of Political Right”) is a book written by Jean-Jacques Rousseau. In the book, Rousseau essentially argues against the monarchy, or any government that gives all of its power to only a select group of people.
From the well-known quote shown above, Rousseau is saying that although men can initially appear to possess equality or individual liberty, the small number of powerful figures that forms the government actually takes this freedom away from them. As a result, the only way that man can truly have true freedom is if a kind of “social contract” is created that unites people without infringing upon their freedom; this contract would have to be one that is nearly unanimously agreed upon so that nobody feels oppressed. Everybody would have to sacrifice and contribute an equal amount.
Although Rousseau personally like the idea of a direct democracy the best, he stated that monarchies could be an acceptable form of government as well; however, it depended on the size of the population of the state. He believed that the more people there were to rule, the less people in power there should be. Thus, large states would work well with a monarchy, and smaller states would be best off with democracies. Any medium-sized states would be best with a more aristocratic form of government, in which only a selection of people are in power (like an oligarchy).
The Social Contract was significant because it impacted how governments around the world operated; as a result of his book, governments directed more attention towards protecting the individual rights of the people, rather than creating laws that would only benefit themselves. In addition to being a driving force behind the American Revolution, The Social Contract helped spark the French Revolution.
So, how does this relate to my personal character, Louis Philippe II? My character was a large supporter of Rousseau’s work, and used his wealth and connections to help get them out for Parisians to read. The Social Contract opened Louis Philippe II up to the idea of a more democratic form of government, an idea that must have really struck a chord with him, as he spent nearly the rest of his life trying to revolutionize France with the Third Estate (despite being a Nobleman).
Wow. Is this really going to be my final blog post for In-Depth? It’s shocking how quickly time has gone by since I introduced magic as my topic last year. 12 blog posts later, I find myself starting to piece ideas together for a second In-Depth presentation. Fortunately, I managed to meet with Jacky once during the long period between post #5 and #6. The reason I say fortunately is that we have.. Read More
December 11th, 1789 Madame de Genlis, There are a couple of things that have been on my mind lately. England has been a unique and interesting place to venture; it’s certainly less chaotic than what’s going on in France. Has anything new happened since I left? And how are you doing yourself? How about my children? I hope to chat with you when I return; I miss your intelligence and.. Read More
After we were instructed to make our memes, I left school a little bit confused and uninspired. However, I then saw a Teenager Post, which are essentially memes teenagers create that describe situations that many other teens find “relatable”. Now, I find some of these posts relatable, but a lot of them I don’t connect with at all. So, for my first meme, I decided to make a mockery of these kinds of memes.. Read More
Fortunately, Spring Break gave me quite a bit of time to work on in-depth related things. I managed to complete my first full-length composition! I made it for a solo pianist, because I felt like using too many instruments would have made the piece too complicated. Unfortunately, I’m still trying to find a way to properly record it, because the way that Noteflight plays it makes it sound really choppy and unmusical… Read More
Has it already been 3 posts? Time has really flown by since In-Depth and Adventure Trip planning has started. Anyways, I met with Jacky once again last Saturday. I showed him the short piece that I composed for last week’s blog post, and then asked if he had any feedback I could potentially use in my next song. He said that he liked the overall simplicity of the piece, and also.. Read More
An African-American was fatally shot by a police officer. I doubt this is the first time you’ve heard a news headline like this one. But the protests that resulted from this particular shooting were quite different from the ones that resulted from similar shootings. To cut to the chase, I am talking about the shooting of Akai Gurley, which happened on November 20th, 2014. Although the shooting happened over a year ago, Peter Liang, the.. Read More
A few days ago, I had my first meeting with my mentor, Jacky. Although the meeting wasn’t that long, we discussed many things, and I got a lot of information out of our discussion. We didn’t really talk about how to compose music with technology, but we focused more about the elements of music and harmony and what makes music sound interesting. The main thing we talked in our brief.. Read More